The 2016 Summer Olympics is set to hold in Rio, Brazil’s capital between August 5 – August 21.
However a number of events raise the question, ‘is Brazil ready to host the Olympic games?’
According to a recent poll by Datafolha 50% of Brazilians are against the Olympic games. Just like it happened ahead of the 2014 World Cup, Brazilians took to the streets to protest against the government’s use of state money in funding ‘unnecessary expenses’.
Besides the indifference of Brazilians regarding Rio 2016, there are also the political climate as well as safety concerns regarding the southern American country hosting the games.
It’s been quite obvious for a while now that the political climate in Brazil is affecting the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic games. In addition to that, there’s the fear of Zika virus, the completion of Sports facilities, among others.
A political scandal saw ex-President Dilma Rousseff accused of tampering with government funds, among other accusations. The opposition called for her to be impeached and in May, the Senate successfully voted in favour of her impeachment.
She has since been suspended from the government and is currently undergoing a 180-day impeachment trial.
Brazil’s vice-President Michel Temer is currently acting as the interim President, one that has not gained the support of Brazilians, especially following his decision to appoint a 23-member cabinet consisting of only white men.
Brazil is also currently experiencing one of the longest inflations on record, one that has persisted for 100 years. The Southern American country is, however, hoping that hosting the Olympic games will boost its GDP, Brazilians contrastingly do not share this sentiment, considering their government as corrupt.
The Zika virus is another thing that has made many doubtful about Rio 2016. Experts are divided on acknowledging whether the Zika Virus will have a big impact on the Olympic games. Some athletes have opted out of the games due to the virus.
On the bright side, Brazil is making some efforts to make sure that any impact made by the Zika Virus will be minimised.
Despite protests leading up to the 2014 World Cup, Brazil was still able to host the football tournament– although at great cost. Whether or not they will be able to host the Olympic Games will be decided come August.